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Author: Allan Bloom
Keywords: Allan Bloom; Leo Strauss; Nihilism; America; Liberal Education; Heidegger; Nietzsche; Marx; Socrates; Plato; Aristotle; Rousseau; Tocqueville; Social Science; Sixties; Liberalism; Political Science; Enlightenment; Max Weber; John Rawls; Habermas; Gadamer; Rorty; Isaiah Berlin; Multiculturalism; Relativism; Existentialism
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Subject: Incontestable Brilliance !
Read it years ago. He warns against reducing all knowledge to mere opinion, and explains how the tyranny of relativism leaves us all at the mercy of a pseudo-intellectual elite who are never really as relativistic as they pretend since all is relative to something. Underlying all relativistic approaches are some sort of absolutist assumptions.
Subject: Absolutely necessary to understand today's educational failures
This is exactly why Bloom wrote the book:
"I read this book years ago; it's a standard rightwing screed enlivened by academic pretentiousness.You see, only the elect can understand how everything used to be better in the time of Plato; Bloom invites YOU to become the undergrad who belongs to this superior group!"
People like the reviewer above, Jeffrey, do not care about the content of The Closing of the American Mind, only its perceived political affiliations and "underlying motives." The fact that Jeffrey charges Bloom with elitism shows, beyond any doubt, that he hasn't even read the book. Bloom routinely praises non-intellectuals as having more of a soul than the New student. It's the elites that have jammed "openness" and democratic relativism down the throats of the populace. Philosophy always trickles down to the "common person" from the institutes of "higher learning." Bloom was definitely not a Platonist. He was also apolitical and criticized both the right and left for their failures. Bloom was a homosexual atheist. Hardly an "elite conservative." Besides, doesn't Jeffrey realize that almost all intellectuals these days are of the liberal mindset and would be guilty of his elitism?
The foregoing comment indicates precisely why this book is (and will continue to be) so necessary for students today.
It is good to hear confirmed that the Closing of the American Mind is still relevant.
Subject: elitst claptrap
I read this book years ago; it's a standard rightwing screed enlivened by academic pretentiousness.
You see, only the elect can understand how everything used to be better in the time of Plato; Bloom invites YOU to become the undergrad who belongs to this superior group!
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